throw (someone) for a loop

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of throw (someone) for a loop

US, informal
:to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused, or shocked
  • The news of her death really threw me for a loop.
  • His parents were thrown for a loop when he quit college.

Word by Word Definitions

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

loop play
  1. : loophole

  1. : a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed or into which a hook may be hooked

  2. : such a fold of cord or ribbon serving as an ornament

  3. : something shaped like or suggestive of a loop

  1. : to make or form a loop

  2. : to execute a loop in an airplane

  3. : to move in loops or in an arc


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